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    Rock walking at Zion

    by SLLiew Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Checkerboard Mesa

    Favorite thing: The opportunities of just clambering up and down the massive rocks at Zion National Park is boundless.

    Cars seem to stop at interesting spots and passengers get out and start walking up here or there for a great view.

    Join in the fun. Of course, look out for any warning signs and be careful where you tread always. Safety first always, fun second.

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    Budweiser - King of all Beers?

    by Jerelis Written Aug 16, 2006

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    Budweiser.

    Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.

    Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a substitute adjunct for barley malt. This immedaitely shows the problem for selling it in Europe as traditional brewers serve beer with only the four main ingredients (water, hops, wheat and barley). So Budweiser is not produced accoring to the German "Reinheitsgebot". But we found out that it didn’t taste distinctively different.

    The Budweiser bottle is a rather familiar icon to most Americans. The bottle has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1876. We liked it, but the fraze “King of all Beers” is a bid of an overstatement!

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  • Picnic lunch with a view

    by DebbieLA Written Jul 19, 2006
    Our lunch stop

    Favorite thing: We had the restaurant we ate breakfast at pack us a picnic lunch. We were driving Hwy 9 that day from Kanab to St George. Although Hwy 9 can be busy in the summer we were able to find a parking spot at one of the turnouts. A short walk from there we found the perfect spot for a picnic lunch perched on top of a rock. The views were amazing and being able to stop for an hour to eat and enjoy the view was a great way to have a mid-day meal.

    I believe our lunch stop in the photo was on the East side just before the entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel. Here you'll find the slickrock sandstone.

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    Historical Facts - Part 3

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Relinde is having a break during a hike.

    Favorite thing: * Highest part is Horse Ranch Mountain (2660 m) in the Kolob Canyons Section;
    * Kolob Arch is the world largest arch, with a span that measures 94,5 metres;
    * The fossils and sendiments exposed tell the geological history of Mesozoic Period - halfway between the ancienst history of The Grand Canyon and the more recent Juriassic Period of the Bryce Canyon;
    * Animal life 75 pecies of mammals, 271 birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians and 8 fish.

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    Historical Facts - Part 2

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    The east entrance of Zion National Park.

    Favorite thing: * Zion was part of several historical periods. It used to be sea, desert and some areas have vulcanic history;
    * Although the porous top layer holds an enormous amount of water, Zion is categoryced as desert because of its rainfall cyclus;
    * Therefore Zion is seen as an outlet of the Mojave Desert;
    * The lowest part of Zion is Coalpits Wash (1128 m) in the southwest corner;
    * Highest part is Horse Ranch Mountain (2660 m) in the Kolob Canyons Section;
    * Kolob Arch is the world largest arch, with a span that measures 94,5 metres.

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    Historical Facts - Part 1

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Clouds coming over Zion at the end of the afternoo

    Favorite thing: * Mukuntuweap National Monument was established in 1909;
    * This resulted in 1918 in Zion National Monument;
    * Finally in 1919 it became Zion National Park;
    * Park visitation in 1920 was 3,692, in 2000 it reached 2.8 million;
    * A nickname for Zion is White Cliffs;
    * Zion is the middle stair of The Grand Staircase, right in between The Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon;
    * Zion was part of several historical periods. It used to be sea, desert and some areas have vulcanic history.

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    Vistiors Center

    by Shihar Updated Jan 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are 2 Visitor centers at Zion NP:

    1) ZION Canyon Visitor Center- This is located across the river from Springdale.
    2) Kolob Canyon Vistor Center- Off I-15 at exit 40, 45 miles north of Springdale

    Zion Human History Museum- One-half mile north of the south entrance. Exhibits show how humans have influenced and been influenced by Zion.

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    Zion map and guide

    by Shihar Written Jan 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: At the entrance gate, you will receive a Zion Map and guide from the park ranger. I seem to appreciate this park planner more than some other parks because I can find all useful information within the planner.

    For example, page 5 has a very descriptive trail guide that tells you the level of difficulty, miles round trip, etc. Many other park planners do not list the trails and usually a book is needed to be bought seperately.

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    Big Bend

    by goingsolo Updated Jan 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Towards the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, you'll hit a big curve in the road, known as the Big Bend. From here, the road curves to his final stop at the Temple of Sinawawa. At this point, the canyon walls narrow considerably and almost engulf the road which travels through their narrow passageway.

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    The Grotto

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Grotto picnic area is about a half mile from Zion Lodge. This area, like most in the park, has some nice views of the canyon walls. Its a nice spot to stop and reflect on the beauty of Zion as seen along the scenic drive. In the summer, this area can be pretty crowded, as are most spots along the scenic drive. In the winter, you can pretty much have the place to yourself.

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    Natural Arch

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Great Arch of Zion, which is about 400 feet high. There are many places to see arches in Utah, but this one is unique in that it is recessed into a cliff.

    You'll find the Great Arch along the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway which leads into the park. Heading west to east, you'll come to the arch after passing through the tunnel.

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    Hidden Canyon Trail

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This trail is a good option for anyone who wants to extend the hike from Weeping Rock or who wants to see a somewhat aerial view of it. The Hidden Canyon Trail is a 2 mile hike beginning at the Weeping Rock parking area. The trail is steep and climbs to the mouth of a slot canyon about 700 feet above Weeping Rock. It sounded like an interesting hike, although I unfortunately did not have time to complete it.

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    Weeping Rock trail

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Weeping Rock

    Favorite thing: One of the Zion shuttle stops, the weeping rock trail is a short 1/2 mile stroll to a rock alcove and hanging garden. The alcove has a span of about 100 feet and water from a nearby spring drips down over the cliff wall continuously, making the rock appear as though it is weeping.

    The Weeping Rock trail climbs a bit, but is pretty easy. Ice can form along the trail and on the handrails in the wintertime, making it a slippery walk to the alcove. There are signs posted along the short trail which identify the vegetation which grows in the area.

    I found this to be a pleasant sidetrip. Its a quick walk to the top, even when you're skidding on ice. And the sight of the rock is pretty striking, especially since its set against the base of imposing Cable Mountain.

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    Drives and views

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The route to Zion from the east is via the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and is one of the most scenic drives in Utah. Heading east on the highway and through the Zion Mt Carmel tunnel, red sandstone gives way to slickrock country. Here, rocks colored in white and pastels of orange and red have eroded into hundreds of fantastic shapes, etched through time with odd patterns of cracks and grooves. The mountain of sandstone known as Checkerboard Mesa, shown in the next tip photo, stands as the most prominent example of this naturally scuplted rock art.

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    Checkerboard Mesa

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Along Zion Mt. Carmel highway, the sandstone scenery is more neutral and earth toned in comparison to the multitude of hues found along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. One of the most prominent features on this drive leading into the park is Checkerboard Mesa, a towering sandstone formation with a contrasting pattern.

    I'd recommend taking your time along this drive and not speeding through to get to the "main" park. There are some excellent views of Zion Canyon and other sights along the way. Try to make some use out of those pullouts.

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